Scams have become more frequent than ever since the beginning of the pandemic as fraudsters took advantage of people using more online services.

With Christmas just around the corner, people will be making more online purchases and so have been warned to watch out for some of the latest scams out there.

Gardai have asked people to remain vigilant and remember the following words of advice.

  • Never click on a link of an unsolicited text, email or respond to cold callers seeking personal information.
  • Do not use reply or call the number supplied by these texts.
  • Never give away personal data like PIN numbers, card numbers, passwords, one time codes, PPS numbers
  • If you have responded to such a text or paid the scammers, contact your bank immediately for a recall.
  • It is also important to report the matter to your local Garda Station.

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Over the past few weeks, people have reported several new scams that have seen them lose thousands in seconds.

Here are some of the latest scams to look out for.

Booster vaccine link

The HSE and gardai have also warned of a scam text pretending to be from the HSE asking people to click a link to register for a booster vaccine.

The fake texts are reported to have come from several different numbers and have different links attached.

A spokesperson for the HSE said: “You will never be asked for your bank details or to pay for a vaccine by a member of HSE…

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